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Idea for Valentine's Day: Double Heart Pop-up Card

Idea for Valentine’s Day: Double Heart Pop-up Card

I know everyone has made a spiral card by now. But have you thought about what would happen if you made a spiral that didn’t start as a circle? And what if you made two spirals, and joined them above the card crease to make a card that could open 180°? Now that’s interesting.

Idea for Valentine's Day: Double Heart Pop-up Card

Idea for Valentine’s Day: Double Heart Pop-up Card Final

If you have never made a circular spiral card, make that first as a warm-up.

How to make a Double Heart Pop-up Card

Step 1:

  • Download cutting files: PDF, SVG, Silhouette Studio, DXF.
  • Cut out the two heart spirals.
  • Place them with the spirals going in opposite directions: the hearts flipped both horizontally and vertically from each other.
  • See those yellow lines? They are highlighting the beginning of the cut on each heart. One cut heads toward the top left, the other toward the bottom right.

Step 2:

  • Score and crease each spiral at the bottom of the heart.
  • Slot the hearts together. (You can also omit the slots on the center hearts and just glue the centers together, one right on top of the other.)
  • Be sure the hearts can collapse flat. If not, switch how you have the hearts slotted together.

Step 3:

  • Spread glue on just the outside heart of one spiral (pink).
  • Place the heart, glue side down, at a 90° angle to the center crease of the card.
  • For the sample I placed the point of the heart about 1″ from the crease but I think this stretches the spiral out a little too much. I’d say somewhere between 1/2″ and 3/4″ would be better.

Step 4:

  • Spread glue on the outermost heart of the other spiral (purple). Check to make sure the hearts are still lined up exactly on top of each other, then close the card to glue it all together.
Idea for Valentine's Day: Double Heart Pop-up Card

Idea for Valentine’s Day: Double Heart Pop-up Card

This one’s better – the points are a little closer to the center fold of the card.

Idea for Valentine's Day: Double Heart Pop-up Card

 

Idea for Valentine's Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card

Idea for Valentine’s Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card

 There are many creative ways to make an easy Valentine card with your own hands. Even if you think you are not good at crafts at all, it is likely that your efforts will be appreciated. Nothing is more unique than something that is made by yourself. 

Here is a super easy Idea for Valentine’s Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card.

Idea for Valentine's Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card - Final

Just grab some paper and scissors to do it!

Here are the supplies you may need:

  • Cardstock.
  • Construction paper.
  • Glue.
  • Scissors.
  • Pencil.

Instructions:

Step 1:

Cut out squares on red construction paper with your desired size.

Idea for Valentine's Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card - Step 1

Idea for Valentine’s Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card – Step 1

 

Step 2:

Sketch layers of hearts on the square paper.

Idea for Valentine's Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card - Step 2

Idea for Valentine’s Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card – Step 2

Step 3:

Cut out the Sweet Love Pop-up Card. Be careful not to break them.

Idea for Valentine's Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card - Step 3

Idea for Valentine’s Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card – Step 3

Step 4:

Glue the Sweet Love Pop-up Card on a piece of cardstock. Enjoy!

Idea for Valentine's Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card - Step 4

Idea for Valentine’s Day: Sweet Love Pop-up Card – Step 4

Valentine's Day Pop-up Card: 3D Heart Detailed Tutorial

Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card: 3D Heart Detailed Tutorial

This is probably my most popular pop-up cards. It just takes time to do all the sewing and gluing. I’ve sped most of the video up so you may need to pause it a few times or watch some parts over to get what I’m doing. It’s not as hard as it looks. You just need a little patience to put everything together. It will all be worth it in the end when you give this card to someone you really care about.

How to make 3D Heart Valentine Day Pop up Card

Here’s the video of Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card: 3D Heart Detailed Tutorial.

If you don’t want to watch the video, here are the summarized instructions:

Step 1:

  • Download free pattern for this design here:

 Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Card: 3D Heart

  • Print out the template and use it to cut the parts out of card stock.

Step 2:

  • Cut out all the pieces making sure that you cut all the slots very precisely. If the slots aren’t deep enough, you heart will be warped and wont fold flat.
  • Start assembling the heart with pieces A and C. Put the C ring into the A heart
  • Assemble the rest of the rings (D, E) into the A heart
  • Assemble the B heart pieces by starting at the top of the heart and pulling the rings through the center. Then slide the bottom of the rings into the bottom of the B heart
  • Finish by sliding the F heart over the rings, starting from the top again.

Step 3:

  • Cut out the card backing from white card stock. Poke holes at the center of the “X” using a needle or sharp object. You will attach the heart to this card.
  • Cut out another card backing, without the holes, and cut it down the center so you have 2 pieces. This will be the outer cover.
Valentine's Day Pop-up Card: 3D Heart Detailed Tutorial

Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card: 3D Heart Detailed Tutorial

Step 4:

  • Cut 5 pieces of thread 2-3 feet long. Use thread that is the same color as your card backing.
  • Tie the thread at the 5 locations shown below. The thread should sit inside the slot in the heart pieces:
    Valentine's Day Pop-up Card: 3D Heart Detailed Tutorial

    Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card: 3D Heart Detailed Tutorial

Step 5:

  • Put the 5 threads through the 5 holes in the white card backing, starting with the center thread. Use tape to hold the thread in place so that it doesn’t slip out accidentally.
  • To pass the thread through the holes, you can use a needle, needle threader, tweezers, thin wire or floss threader (not shown). I’m using black thread in these next few pictures so that you can see it easier.
    Valentine's Day Pop-up Card: 3D Heart Detailed Tutorial

    Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card: 3D Heart Detailed Tutorial

Step 6:

  • If you don’t have these items, you can just make the holes larger and pass the thread directly through. I prefer to use a needle threader.
  • Adjust the lengths and tension of the threads so that the heart stands up straight when the card is opened. Use tape to hold the thread in place.
  • Glue the threads in place by gluing small pieces of paper on the threads.
  • Fold the string over the paper and glue a second piece of paper over the folded string. This will anchor the string in place.

Step 7:

  • Cut off the excess string.
  • Glue the outer cover pieces onto the backside of the card. Be sure to align the pieces to the center crease very accurately and make sure the card opens flat.
  • Put the card under several books or flat objects so that the card will dry flat.

If the lengths are not adjusted correctly, the heart will not stand straight. If the string is not anchored properly, the string will slip over time and the heart will begin to droop down or it will not open fully. I recommend using 65lb paper or thicker for the backing. You may want to use dense cardboard. A variation of this card is to put initials in the center of the card. Attach the initials to the A heart piece.

Valentine's Day Pop-up Card: 3D Heart Detailed Tutorial

Once you attach the heart to the inside card with the thread, you can slip it into the outside card at the corners.  This is a much simpler way to finish the card.

I hope you all enjoyed making 3D Heart Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card. Good luck!

 

Top 5 idea for Valentine's Day Pop-up Card

Top 5 idea for Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card

1. 3D Heart Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card

How to make 3D Heart Valentine Day Pop up Card

This pop-up card can be used for Valentine’s day, or for a birthday for a special person. This Valentine’s Day Pop-up card will surely impress the person you give it to. The heart is a sliceform design.

See detail intrucstion at 3D Heart Valentine Day Pop-up Card

2. Flower Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card

How To Make Flower Valentine Day Pop up Card

This flower valentine’s day pop-up card greeting card makes for a special flower delivery. A flat card blooms into a three-dimensional arrangement that’s much more unexpected than a vase of roses. It looks intricate but takes only some snippets of paper and cleverly placed tape to create.

This project may seem complicated at first glance, but once you follow the instructions here, you’ll realize just how easy it is to re-create.

See detail at Flower Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card

3. 90 degree Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card with pattern

DIY valentine day pop-up card

With valentines next month, we thought we would share AOC Craft instruction Valentine Day Pop-up Card and free pattern download with you. It is easy to do and has a stunning result. A nice craft project for your kids to do for their secret crush!

See detail and download pattern free at 90 degree Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card

4. Kissing Couple Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple

This pop-up card features a boy and girl in the center of the card, surrounded by a bouquet of flowers.  As you open the card, the boy and girl move toward each other and kiss.  This is a very cute card because it actually moves as you open it, which makes it a very unique and impressive card.  It’s always been one of my favorite cards to make.

See detail instruction at Kissing Couple Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card

5. Unique Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card with pattern

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card

Valentine’s day is the perfect time to get out your craft kit and make something beautiful so I was super excited to create a unique Valentine day Pop-up Card project just for you.

See instruction and download free pattern at Unique Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card

 

Valentine's Day Card: How to make a creative card

Valentine’s Day Card: How to make a creative card

I wanted to make a creative Valentine’s day card. But I couldn’t come up with any ideas until a little lightbulb came on in my head while I was looking at all the beautiful colors. Then I ended up making a sort of Love card.

Valentine's Day Card: How to make a creative card

Here is a close-up of of my shaker window. Those sequin scatters in sweet colors absolutely make me happy! 🙂 I’m not sure you could see in the photo, but I added some shades of red behind the shaker window to look like something was boiling up from the bottom.

Creative Valentine’s Day Card: Instruction

Step 1:

  • Create a shape of beaker using partial die-cutting technique.

Step 2:

  • Cut out the bottom of beaker using kraft knife.
Valentine's Day Card: How to make a creative card - Step 1 & 2

Valentine’s Day Card: How to make a creative card – Step 1 & 2

Step 3:

  • Blend in a couple of colors on a piece of white cardstock using a blending tool and Distress Inks.

Step 4:

  • Stamp the cluster of hearts.
Valentine's Day Card: How to make a creative card - Step 3 & 4

Valentine’s Day Card: How to make a creative card – Step 3 & 4

Step 5:

  • Cut a piece of acetate and glue it to the back of the beaker window.
  • Fill up the window.
  • Then place the beaker panel over the inked background using foam tape.

Step 6:

  • Stamp the sentient.
  • Make a sentient banner and adhere it on the card front using foam tape.
Valentine's Day Card: How to make a creative card - Step 5 & 6

Valentine’s Day Card: How to make a creative card – Step 5 & 6

I love how my Valentine’s Day Card turned out. So fun and delightful! 🙂 What do you think? Hope you all enjoyed my card and got some inspiration to make your own shaker card.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card

DIY Unique Valentine Day Pop-up Card

Valentine’s day is the perfect time to get out your craft kit and make something beautiful so I was super excited to create a unique Valentine day Pop-up Card project just for you.

This time I wanted to create a little show stopper that would be really fun to make – I think this pop-up card does just that! The pop-up heart balloons and bunting make this a striking card to look at yet it’s really very simple to create at home.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card

You can even make the matching polka dot lined envelope. You will find a link to the printable templates below for the two-sided cards and envelope then you just need to follow the tutorial.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card

Notes about printing your templates:

These are ready to download pattern. It has 3 pages A3 in the PDF. For a project like this where there is a lot of ink, I prefer to use a laser printer. You can find this service at FedEx Office or other office supply stores. You will want to print the two layers of the card on a card stock. The front image is just one sided where the second layer is brown craft on one side and the pink polka dot on the other.

You are ready to go.

Instruction

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card - Step by Step

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card – Step by Step

1. You will need download pattern and printables, scissors, craft knife, glue gun, ruler and twine.

2. Trim and score the flaps of your envelope using your scissors and a ruler.

3. Fold the left, right and bottom flaps in towards each other and glue together.

4. Trim the back and front of your card, the two balloon hearts and the bunting letters.

5. Using your craft knife, cut around the top outline of each cloud and around each balloon leaving a 1 inch hinge at the left edge of the pink heart and the right edge of the red heart. Bend them all out a little so that they “pop-up”.

6. Cut out your second pink and red heart and score down the middle with your ruler and scissors.

7. Glue your little “hugs” letters to a length of twine to create the bunting. Glue either end to the bottom of each heart balloon.

8. Glue along the fold of your second pink and red hearts and stick them in place on your card.

9. Glue the polka dot backing onto the card.

Have fun!

How To Make Flower Valentine Day Pop up Card

How To Make Flower Valentine Day Pop-up Card

This flower valentine day pop-up card greeting card makes for a special flower delivery. A flat card blooms into a three-dimensional arrangement that’s much more unexpected than a vase of roses. It looks intricate but takes only some snippets of paper and cleverly placed tape to create.

This project may seem complicated at first glance, but once you follow the instructions here, you’ll realize just how easy it is to re-create.

Materials

  • Text-weight paper

  • Glue stick

  • Double-sided tape

  • Card stock

How To Make Flower Valentine Day Pop up Card - Step 1

Instuctions:

Step 1

Cut seven 4-inch squares of paper in desired colors.

Fold a square into quarters.

Fold down 1 flap diagonally; flip the square of paper over and fold down the other flap, forming a triangle as shown.

Print petal template; trace it onto the triangle, and cut out.

Unfold, and cut 1 petal from flower; close gap by overlapping petals on either side and securing with glue stick.

Repeat with other squares.

How To Make Flower Valentine Day Pop up Card - Step 1

Step 2

Attach pieces of double-sided tape to petals, as indicated by dots.

Start sticking flowers to one another:

Flowers B and C each overlap a petal with A; then flower D goes on top, completely overlapping A.

How To Make Flower Valentine Day Pop up Card - Step 2

 

Step 3

Attach flowers E and F to the stack to overlap B and C.

 How To Make Flower Valentine Day Pop up Card - Step 3

 

Step 4

Attach G to the top, overlapping D.

Cut out some freehand leaves from green paper, place double-sided tape on the bottom, and attach them to the flowers.

How To Make Flower Valentine Day Pop up Card - Step 4

 

Step 5

Cut a piece of card stock into a 10-by-6-inch rectangle, and fold in half to form a card.

Place the folded flower stack inside of the opened card as shown.

Place a piece of double-sided tape as shown; close card, and press firmly to adhere.

Open card and repeat, attaching the other side of the flower stack to the inside of the card.

How To Make Flower Valentine Day Pop up Card

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DIY Instruction: Valentine Day Pop-up Card

With valentines next month, we thought we would share AOC Craft instruction Valentine Day Pop-up Card and free pattern download with you. It is easy to do and has a stunning result.  A nice craft project for your kids to do for their secret crush!

Material:

  • A5 paper (x2) 
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife

Method:

Step 1:

Print the free PDF onto the white card – DOWNLOAD FREE PATTERN

Step 2:

Cut along the solid lines ONLY, do not cut on the dashed lines (these are fold lines)

You can use your craft knife to softly score the dashed line, so it makes it easier to fold

Instruction valentine day pop-up card

Step 3:

Once you have completed the cuting out part… download a digital paper set and print out your favourite paper then take your other printed digital paper and stick it to the back of this card. You will get this effect…

DIY valentine day pop-up card

A stunning hand crafted valentine day pop-up card!

I’m sure any secret crush will be happy! Enjoy…x

Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card – Kissing Couple

Hi all! We guide to making the Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple.

This pop-up card features a boy and girl in the center of the card, surrounded by a bouquet of flowers.  As you open the card, the boy and girl move toward each other and kiss.  This is a very cute card because it actually moves as you open it, which makes it a very unique and impressive card.  It’s always been one of my favorite cards to make.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple

Here is an animation of the pop up card.  You have to see the card in action to appreciate the moving pieces.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple

Instructions

Step 1:

 You need download pattern, then print out the pattern on color paper.  Use the pattern to cut out all the parts out of card stock. Fold the “boy” and “girl” at the dotted lines and insert the bottom tabs into the slots in the inside card as shown in image 1 above. 

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple - Step 1

Step 2:

Fold the “bouquet” of hearts at the dotted lines.  Note that there are two sets of tabs at the bottom or inside of the piece.  Look for the smaller, connected tab as shown in image 2 and insert it in the inside card in front of the couple.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple - Step 2

Step 3:

Image 3 shows what the smaller tab looks like after it is inserted into the inside card.  Insert the larger tabs into the opposite slot.  The tabs are separate so you will need to carefully push them together, in order to fit them in the slot.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple - Step 3

Step 4:

Fold the inside card down the center. Tape the tabs down as shown in image 4.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple - Step 4

Step 5:

At the ends of the “bouquet” of hearts, fold the hearts down the center along the dotted lines and slot the two hearts together as shown in image 5.  Make sure that the heart halves are on the inside of the ring.  You can glue these heart tabs down if you like.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple - Step 5

Step 6:

Insert the corners of the inside card into the outside card as shown in image 6.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple - Step 6

Step 7:

Image 7 shows the card fully assembled with all corners of the inside card inserted into the outside card.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple - Step 7

Step 8:

Finally, glue the extra hearts around the “bouquet” of hearts as shown in image 8.  You can alternate from solid and outlined hearts.  Then you can glue the “Happy Valentine’s Day” text at the top of the card.

DIY Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple - Step 8

Step 9:

Open and close the card to make sure the couples kiss in the center.  You can adjust each person by bending them slightly forward or backward so that their heads/lips meet in the center.

Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple

Please leave a comment below if you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make the Valentine Day Pop-up Card Kissing Couple.

Pop-up Cards

Distinguish Greeting Cards

Greeting cards is an illustrated piece of card or high quality paper featuring an expression of friendship or other sentiment. Although greeting cards are usually given on special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas or other holidays, they are also sent to convey thanks or express other feelings. Greeting card, usually packaged with an envelope, come in a variety of styles. There are both mass-produced as well as handmade versions that are distributed by hundreds of companies large and small. While typically inexpensive, more elaborate cards with die-cuts or glued-on decorations may be more expensive.

In Western countries and increasingly in other societies, many people traditionally mail seasonally themed cards to their friends and relatives in December. Many service businesses also send cards to their customers in this season, usually with a universally acceptable non-religious message such as “happy holidays” or “season’s greetings”.

The Greeting Card Association is an international trade organization representing the interests of greeting card and stationery manufacturers. John Beeder, former president of the Greeting Card Association, says greeting card are effective tools to communicate important feelings to people you care about: “Anyone feels great when they receive an unexpected card in the mail. For me, there’s nothing like a greeting card to send a special message. I’m proud to be a part of an industry that not only keeps people connected, but uses both imagery and the power of words to help us express our emotions.”

Types of greeting cards 

Counter cards:

Counter cards

Greeting cards that are sold individually. This contrasts with boxed cards.[1]

Standard Greeting Cards:

Standard Greeting Cards

A standard greeting card is printed on high-quality paper (such as card stock), and is rectangular and folded, with a picture or decorative motif on the front. Inside is a pre-printed message appropriate for the occasion, along with a blank space for the sender to add a signature or handwritten message. A matching envelope is sold with the card. Some cards and envelopes feature fancy materials, such as gold leaf, ribbons or glitter.

Photo Greeting Card

Photo Greeting Cards

In recent years, photo greeting cards have gained widespread popularity and come in two main types. The first type are photo insert cards in which a hole has been cut in the centre. A photo slides in just like a frame. The second type are printed photo cards in which the photo is combined with artwork and printed, usually on a high-end digital press, directly onto the face of the card. Both types are most popular for sending holiday greetings such as Christmas, Hanukkah & for baby showers.

Personalised Greeting Card:

Personalised Greeting Cards

Websites using special personalisation technology, such as Moonpig, allow consumers to personalise a card which is then printed and sent directly to the recipient.

Reusable Greeting Card:

Reusable Greeting Cards

These are greeting cards for the budget conscious. There are two common formats for reusable cards. Firstly there are cards with slits in them positioned to hold pages. Secondly there notepad style cards where pages stick to the back of the cards. The pages that have been used for reusable cards can be removed after being received and fresh pages can be used to reuse the cards.

Risqué Greeting Card:

Some companies offer risqué greeting cards, with adult-based humor and cartoons. The humor in these cards can sometimes be offensive to more conservative parts of the population.

Musical Greeting Card:

Musical Greeting Cards

Recently greeting cards have been made that play music or sound when they are opened. They are commonly 3D handmade birthday cards which play traditional celebration songs such as Happy Birthday To You.

Electronic Greeting Card:

Electronic Greeting Cards

Greeting cards can also be sent electronically. Flash-based cards can be sent by email, and many sites such as Facebook enable users to send greetings. More recently, services have launched which enable users to send greetings to a mobile phone by text message or use mobile app for this purpose such cards are called Mobile E-cards or MCards. Many of these electronic services offer open or anonymous chat, to enable further discussion.

Pop-Up Cards:

Pop-up Cards

Pop-Up Cards are normally cards that, once opened, have a picture coming outward, giving the reader a surprise. Pictures and printed messages in greeting cards come in various styles, from fine art to humorous to profane. Non-specific cards, unrelated to any occasion, might feature a picture (or a pocket to paste in a personal photograph) but no pre-printed message.

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Business Greeting Cards Etiquette

Business Greeting Cards Etiquette

Sending greeting cards to business associates, clients and employees is a long-standing practice among many businesses. In fact, sending greeting cards dates back to the late 1700s! Any business that benefits from personal relationships (and what business doesn’t?) will benefit from sending greeting cards on appropriate occasions. However, knowing exactly what greeting cards are appropriate when and sent to whom can be a little confusing. Not everyone celebrates the same holidays and special occasions, and offending one of your recipients with an inappropriate card can harm your business relationships as much as the proper card can help them!

Here are some basic points to keep in mind when sending greeting cards for your business:

Business Greeting Cards Etiquette - Holiday

Holiday Greeting Cards

Almost every office is bombarded with “Season’s Greetings” cards around mid-winter. This is a well-established tradition, and fairly easy to handle appropriately thanks to a wide variety of available non-denominational greeting cards. Other holidays, however, can pose a bit more of conundrum. Here is some basic advice and information:

• When sending individual cards, verify the religious affiliation (if any) of the recipient before choosing a card! You don’t want to send the wrong card to a religious person, however many people will appreciate the correct religious card more than a generic “Season’s Greetings”.

• Muslims celebrate two feast holidays during November and December (check for exact dates each year): Eid ul Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and Eid ul Adha, the end of the Hajj pilgrimage. Both holidays are ‘greeted’ with the phrase “Eid Mubarak” which means “May the Lord make it a blessed feast.”

• Hindus celebrate Diwali during the winter months. This holiday usually falls during October or November. Greeting cards and small gifts are appropriate at this time.

• Other winter holidays include Yule, a winter solstice celebration for pagan religions (which usually falls on December 21), and Kwanzaa, a relatively new holiday celebrated by many African-Americans from December 26 to January 1.

• Jehovah’s Witnesses do not celebrate any holidays, so even a generic card would be inappropriate.

• If you’re sending a holiday card addressed to a business, on the other hand, stick with generic “Happy Holidays” and “Season’s Greetings” type cards. Also, avoid sending any group cards for strongly religious holidays such as Easter, unless you are sending them to a religiously oriented organization, which observes the holiday.

• If you want to send cards for major holiday seasons other than Christmas, try sending general seasonal cards rather than holiday cards: a springtime card instead of Easter, for instance.

• Cards for national holidays are appropriate for any citizens of the country celebrating.

• If you do business internationally, take time to research the major holidays in the countries you do business with. Not only may your international associates take holidays off (you’ll save your time trying to contact them on such days), but sending appropriate greetings will set you apart from many of their other international business contacts.

Business Greeting Cards Etiquette - Birthdays and Special Occasions

Birthdays and Special Occasions

Clichés about asking a woman her age aside, birthdays and other personal occasions offer opportunities for greetings and congratulations that many businesses do not take advantage of. However, it can be especially tricky to not offend your recipients when sending congratulations to individuals you do not know well. Some of our suggestions:

• Jehovah’s Witnesses and devout Muslims do not observe birthday celebrations.

• It’s best to send general birthday greetings that don’t mention the recipient’s age, unless you know them well.

• Have a staff member check the birth and wedding announcements in the newspaper for opportunities to congratulate business associates or major clients.

• Generally speaking, if you do not receive an announcement or invitation in regard to an event, you’re not obligated to send a greeting.

• If you do not receive an announcement/ invitation, and there is no public notice in the newspaper, it’s best to send congratulations only to individuals you know on a first-name basis. A relative stranger or formal acquaintance taking an interest in their personal life may offend some people.

Birthdays and Special Occasions - Condolences and Get Well

Condolences and Get Well Cards

Perhaps the most sensitive subject for greetings and correspondence is when something unpleasant has happened. Stories abound of faux-pas such as birthday cards arriving for deceased individuals. In many cases, if may be safest and most appropriate to leave such occasions to the individuals and their friends and family. However, for close business associates, employees or long-standing clients, the following guidelines are advised:

• If someone is ill, make sure to verify the nature of their illness before sending a “Get Well” card. It may be an incurable or terminal condition, in which case such a card would be highly inappropriate.

• A “Thinking of You” card is a good choice when you either can not ascertain exactly what illness or injury has occurred, or when the recipient is not expected to recover.

• Leave the humorous “Get Well” cards for personal friends and family. In a business context, it is neither appropriate or worth the (significant) risk of causing offense.

• The death of a beloved pet is an appropriate occasion for a condolence card, if you know the recipient.

• A “Get Well” card is most often sent to the recipient’s home, unless they are going to be in the hospital for an extended period.

• If you personally know the recipient, it might be best to hand-deliver the card.

• If you do not know the recipient well enough to have their home address, you can send a “Glad You’re Back” card to their office when they return to work.

Business Card Etiquette - General Pointers

General Pointers and Guidelines

No matter what the occasion, here are some basic suggestions for getting the most out of your greeting card mailings:

• Take the time to hand-address each card, as well as hand signing it. Printed mailing labels make the card look impersonal, and will negate most of the potential positive impact. (This is especially critical for personal event or condolence cards!)

• If your recipients are in a close geographic area, or are well networked, do not send everyone an identical card, unless you’re having a custom greeting card design printed for your company. Taking the time to choose individual cards shows you value the recipient’s business relationship enough to invest individual time in it.

• Even if your cards have a pre-printed message inside, take the time to write a quick sentence by hand. Greeting card networking is ALL about the personal touch!

We hope these guidelines have proven helpful in your greeting card marketing plan. If you have any suggestions for other guidelines you’ve encountered in your own business correspondence, please let us know at: contact@aoccraft.com.

How to make Vietnamese school girl Pop-up Card

How to make Vietnamese school girl Pop-up Card

This is a video tutorial created cards with images floating Vietnamese inside bicycle

How to make Vietnamese school girl Pop-up Card

How to make Vietnamese school girl Pop-up Card

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3D BIRTHDAY BANNER

3D BIRTHDAY BANNER

3D BIRTHDAY BANNER 

A long time ago, I pinned this beautiful cake I’d come across by Sarah at Signe Sugar. I loved it so much, it inspired me to create this paper banner version. I had no idea how to go about it, so I just jumped into cutting, bending and gluing. Once I got the hang of it, it came together pretty quickly. And, if you mess up, it’s just paper – –  so just cut another piece and keep moving forward!

3D Birthday Banner

3D Birthday Banner

3D Birthday Banner DIY | Oh Happy Day!3D Birthday Banner DIY | Oh Happy Day!3D Birthday Banner DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Materials:

  • Card stock or heavyweight paper
  • Ruler
  • Paper cutting knife
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • String
  • Mini hole punch.

3D Birthday Banner DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Step 1: Begin by cutting several strips of 8″ x 3″ paper.  To create tall, narrow letters, keep the inside pieces small. For example, for the “H,” begin with two 8″ x 3″ strips, and cut a 2″ x 3″ piece for the inside center piece.

Step 2: Draw a line of glue on the 3″ side of the small center piece.

Step 3: Attach it at a 90 degree angle to one 8″ x 3″ piece, about 2″ down from the top. Hold for a few seconds until the glue sets.

Step 4: Draw a thin line of glue on the top of the 3″ center piece, and gently attach another 8″ x 3″ strip, matching the first 8″ x 3″ strip. Continue in this way for the H, A, Y, I, T, H, A, and Y.

3D Birthday Banner DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Step 5: For letters that have curves, begin with your 8″ x 3″ strip. For the “P,” take a second strip approx. 7″ x 3″ and, with your bone folder, gently score a crease 1/2″ from the top. Fold gently 90 degrees. Flip this strip over and score 1/2″ down from the other end.

Step 6: Apply glue to the top of the creased strip.

Step 7: Glue the creased strip to the outside top of the flat 8″ x 3″ strip.

Step 8: Apply glue to the inside of the second creased 1/2″ fold. Gently bend the “P” shape and attach to the 8″ x 3″ strip about 3 1/2″ inches from the top of the letter. Press and hold for a few seconds. Continue in this way with the B, R, and D.

Step 9: Punch holes 1/2″ down from the FRONT top of each letter, on both left and right sides of the letter.

Step 10: Punch holes 1/2″ down from the BACK top of each letter, on both left and right sides of the letter.

Step 11: Line up your letters and thread string through each FRONT top hole of every letter.

Step 12: Thread string through each BACK top hole of every letter.

Step 13: Carefully hang the banner, adjusting the letters and the string to get the right tension and placement of the letters. Enjoy!

3D Birthday Banner DIY | Oh Happy Day!3D Birthday Banner DIY | Oh Happy Day!

DIY POP UP CARDS

DIY POP UP CARDS

I’ve been seeing a lot of pop-up cards around the web lately, all using very intricate, sometimes complicated folding and glueing techniques. Since I’m really more of the simple-diy-lover, I’ve put together a quick and versatile pop-up card tutorial. The idea is that you can use one basic technique for an endless amount of different pop-up cards.

Start with a simple card and fold it in half. Then cut parallel lines (in pairs of the same length) into the middle fold as shown in the picture. The cuts should be max half the length of the card (otherwise they’ll stand out when you close it). Push the flaps forward until your card looks like in the bottom picture.

Now start crafting the bits and pieces to display in your card. I made some balloons and a Good Luck sign for this one. Stick these with paper glue onto the front (not top) part of the folded out flaps. Now when you close your card, it’ll look like in the bottom left picture. Just take a 2nd card and glue it on to cover the outside.

Stick some more balloons, or whatever it is you’re crafting, onto the flaps and voilà – you’re done. You could still add a background to the top and bottom halves. Stick on some clouds in the top part, some grass in the lower one for example.

In the same way you can also create text cards (Happy Birthday), fields of flowers or rows of trees. These would be great for birthday’s, graduation, Father’s Day or really just about anything.

All photos by Michaela for Oh Happy Day.

Via at http://ohhappyday.com

Pop-Up Mother's Day Card

Pop-Up Mother’s Day Card

INTRODUCTION

For moms near and far, this gorgeous greeting card makes for a special flower delivery. A flat card blooms into a three-dimensional arrangement that’s much more unexpected than a vase of roses. It looks intricate but takes only some snippets of paper and cleverly placed tape to create.

This project may seem complicated at first glance, but once you follow the instructions here, you’ll realize just how easy it is to re-create.

Pop-Up Mother's Day Card

Pop-Up Mother's Day Card

Pop-Up Mother's Day Card

Pop-Up Mother's Day Card

Pop-Up Mother's Day Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PATTERN 

download free pattern here

MATERIALS

  • Text-weight paper

  • Glue stick

  • Double-sided tape

  • Card stock

STEPS

  1. Cut seven 4-inch squares of paper in desired colors. Fold a square into quarters. Fold down 1 flap diagonally; flip the square of paper over and fold down the other flap, forming a triangle as shown. Print petal template; trace it onto the triangle, and cut out. Unfold, and cut 1 petal from flower; close gap by overlapping petals on either side and securing with glue stick. Repeat with other squares. 

  2. Attach pieces of double-sided tape to petals, as indicated by dots. Start sticking flowers to one another: Flowers B and C each overlap a petal with A; then flower D goes on top, completely overlapping A.

  3. Attach flowers E and F to the stack to overlap B and C.

  4. Attach G to the top, overlapping D. Cut out some freehand leaves from green paper, place double-sided tape on the bottom, and attach them to the flowers.

  5. Cut a piece of card stock into a 10-by-6-inch rectangle, and fold in half to form a card. Place the folded flower stack inside of the opened card as shown. Place a piece of double-sided tape as shown; close card, and press firmly to adhere. Open card and repeat, attaching the other side of the flower stack to the inside of the card.

    Via at: http://www.marthastewart.com